Some might say the year is winding down, but those people don’t live in New Orleans and have no idea how we crank it up for the holiday season. With so much to do and so many places to find information, we’ve compiled the best of the best so you and your family don’t miss out on a thing. While making to-do lists may ring of January New Year’s resolutions, we’re going to kick off the list-making early, with this list of the best Christmas treats for kids, found only here in New Orleans. Don’t let “kid-friendly” deter you – children of all ages will want to get on this action, whether they’re willing to admit it or not.
– Take the country’s largest urban park, add thousands of Christmas lights, throw in a train, a children’s theme park, amusement rides and holiday snacks, and the whole family will sing out the holiday cheer during this month-long New Orleans favorite in City Park. Celebration in the Oaks is open nightly now through January 1, except for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Admission is $7 a person and children under three get in free!
– It may be December 15, but Santa and his elves make a special trip away from the North Pole for the day to come visit the Hotel Monteleone during Monte the Lion’s Children’s Holiday party. Mrs. Claus reads classic Christmas tales, and Santa and Rudolph make the rounds as families snack on savory treats and make their own music parade. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Monteleone event without mascot Monte the Lion, who presents each child a stuffed Monte animal. Who doesn’t love an early Christmas gift? There are two seatings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that are $55 per adult and $40 per child.